My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the first Andrea Speed story I’ve read and it makes me want to start on her backlist immediately. The story is only a few pages, barely enough to grab your attention but it does. The premise is pretty simple and it’s one I’ve seen before but that doesn’t mitigate the cute and fun details the author included. It’s a nice little story that whets your appetite but it’s not long enough or meaty enough *cough* to satisfy just yet.
The story begins with the protagonist, Josh, at an all night Quik-Mart. What makes this particular late night spot special is that it has a dimension opening to hell and thus attracts all kinds of monsters. In this opening vignette, we see a lizard, zombie, and a vampire. Basically Josh is the only human in a sea of monsters and quite frankly, he likes it that way. Especially when his hot guy turns into a pretty monster, something he didn’t think was possible.
Since the story is so short it feels more like the first chapter of a book than the first book in a series. Clearly this will be a series of short stories but I wonder if that will be satisfying enough. There is so much potential and possibility to the world, even if it’s a familiar one, that I’m not sure a series of very short stories can really adequately dive into that world building or satisfy on a romantic/erotic level. I’m very curious to see where the series goes from here. The main character, his love interest, and the bare bones of the concept are all introduced while adding a few laughs so this short is fun to read above all.
The writing is humorous, delightful, and just a touch steamy. There’s an obvious affection for the narrator, a somewhat hapless regular guy that can’t even flirt affectively. Coupled with the nice monster touches and inherent humor in the situation, the quickie is easy and fun to read. It obviously has more questions than answers joining the non-existent characterization so it’s not a perfect story out of the box. Perhaps in the larger context of the series, it’ll work better but for now it’s a nice introduction that leaves me wanting to read more.